Passive smoking dangers revealed

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Toronto Star, Apr. 6, 2004. 01:00 AM

Passive smoking dangers revealed

Second-hand smoke examined
Linked to ills in adults, children

 

New evidence of the effects of second-hand smoke has come to light in four studies that link it to increased risk of premature death, heart disease, ill health in children and the slow healing of wounds.

A study carried out by New Zealand researchers and published in the British Medical Journal online found non-smokers who lived with a smoker had a 15 per cent higher risk of early death than those living in smoke-free households.

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References:

Mortality among "never smokers" living with smokers: two cohort studies,
1981-4 and 1996-9

Sarah Hill, Tony Blakely, Ichiro Kawachi, Alistair Woodward
British Medical Journal, doi:10.1136/bmj.38070.503009.EE (published 5 April 2004)

How Should Parents Protect Their Children From Environmental Tobacco-Smoke Exposure in the Home?
AnnaKarin Johansson, Gören Hermansson, and Johnny Ludvigsson
Pediatrics 2004; 113: e291-e295.

 

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